THE KALASH Russian Imperial Stout

440ml cans - 10.7% - $16

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The artwork on the craft beer cans nowadays is poster-worthy, this Russian Soldier holding a Kalash machine gun is a ripper. And so is this one of a kind Russian Imperial Stout, that is aged in bourbon barrels for 4 months. And is made in relatively small amounts each year.

Thus for me, the taste changes a little each year. Or I just don’t remember it tasting so damn good.

This year Hop Nation Brewers imported their barrels direct from the USA from Buffalo Trace.

The stout has a wonderful nose of mocha coffee with faint oak and a subtle bourbon flavour, with dark chocolate, and just a faint hint of vanilla bean giving a little richness, finishing dry-packed with dark warming flavour.

Dark beers like Stout are an acquired taste. Not for everyone, however the good ones are worth a try now the weather is getting colder.

PS. The biggest Craft Beer range on my side of town isn’t Dan Murphy. It’s a bloody drive-through bottle shop at The Grosvenor Hotel.

Michael Lillis

A good beer is worth tracking down.

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